Navigating Workers’ Compensation Claims

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As an injured worker, you have the right to seek legal advice regarding your worker’s compensation claim.

Workers compensation is a complex system to navigate without help from an experienced lawyer. A person that is not trained or experienced in the field would have no way of knowing all the issues involved, let alone how to maximize the results. For example, if you are hurt at work, do you know the answers to the following limited list of questions:

  • Do you know how to calculate your weekly benefit rate based upon your average weekly wage? Do you know how your impairment rating is calculated and if the rating you are given is correct?
  • Do you know what your rights are as far as getting second opinions or seeking alternative medical care?
  • Do you know how much you should be paid for mileage to and from medical appointments and pharmacies?
  • Do you know the difference between a scheduled member injury and an unscheduled injury?
  • Do you know if the Iowa Second Injury Fund applies to your injury?
  • Do you know how worker’s compensation payments may adversely affect Social Security Disability benefits?
  • Do you know how to make a claim for what is called a cumulative injury that has developed over a period of time?
  • Do you know whether the worker’s compensation insurance company or the claims adjuster for that company are telling you everything you need to know, and/or sending you to reputable, unbiased and competent physicians?
  • Do you know what a third-party claim is and whether or not it may be another available way to compensate you for your injury?

These are all questions that can be answered by our firm. Our consultations are free, and we do not earn a fee unless there is a recovery.

If you or someone you know has been injured at work and you would like to discuss your case with an attorney, please contact Walt Thomas at Telpner Peterson, LLP today at (712) 325-9000.

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